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Fresno State Alumni Nick Watney and Stockton native Ricky Barnes were the few Bay Area boys who made the cut at the 2011 Masters, and both had respectful finishes in the most illustrious golf tournament in the world.
Nick Watney just barely made the cut at even par on Friday, but finished the weekend wih scores of +3 75 and +1 73 to finish the tournament at +4 292, sitting in 46th place by himself. As for Ricky Barnes, he was all in the mix up until a +3 par 75 dropped him down the leaderboard on Friday, but he had a nice finish for the tournament with a -1 par 71 on Sunday, leaving him at -3 par for the tournament, tied for 24th place.
David Chung, the amateur golfer from Stanford University did not make the cut, finishing with a score of +4 par for the tournament after Friday’s round of play.
As the fourth and final round at the 2011 Masters concludes, we’ve seen one of the most exciting Sundays that there has been in a while, and after a number of terrific shots including chip ins on the first and third holes South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel is the 2011 Masters Champion.
Schwartzel’s -14 par 274 was just enough to fend off Adam Scott and Jason Day
at -12 par 276, and Luke Donald, Geoff Ogilvy, and Tiger Woods at -10 par 278. Tiger had his opportunities down the stretch, but couldn’t complete his eagle putt at 15, or birdies at 16,17, and 18, finishing the day with a -5 67.
The leader at the beginning of the day was 21 year old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who absolutely blew up on the back nine with a number of bogeys and a triple bogey 7 on the par four 10th, and dropped back all the way to -4 for the tournament.
Schwartzel makes the third South African to ever win the Masters, including Trevor Immelman in 2008 and the legend Gary Player in 1961, 1974, and 1978. Charl is only the second winner to not come out of the final pairing in the last 20 plus years at Augusta, with the last being Zach Johnson in 2007.
Full final leaderboard can be found here.
Interviews and highlights can be found here.
After a front nine 31 Tiger Woods cooled off considerably on his back nine, shooting even par 36, finishing the 2011 Masters at 278 -10 under par and is the leader in the clubhouse as of right now. There is a slew of players at -10; Geoff Ogilvy, Luke Donald, Charl Swartzel, and Jason Day, while only one player is in the lead, Adam Scott, currently at -11 par through 15 holes.
Sunday leader Rory Mcilroy has completely blew up on the back nine with a triple bogey at the tenth, a bogey at the eleventh, and a double bogey at the twelfth to drop him to -5 par for the tournament, well of the leaders. Very sad to see a young player like that completely lose his compose, but as is the game of golf; fickle, demanding, and even sometimes cruel.
With so many players around the lead, a playoff is a definite possibility as of now, so stay tuned for updates as the round progresses.
Tiger Woods is making history on Sunday at the 2011 Masters, using a long par putt on the ninth to shot a -5 par 31 on the front nine to move into a 3 way tie atop the leaderboard at -10 par with Rory McIlroy and Charl Swartzel. McIlroy has had two bogeys already and is looking very tentative out out on the course right now, while Swartzel has used to chip ins on the first and third holes to catapult himself to a tie at the top.
Tiger has been draining putts from everywhere while his iron play has been absolutely extraordinary. His eagle at the eighth completely changed the landscape of the tournament so far, and will make for some must see TV over the next couple of hours. Some people say that the Masters really starts on the back nine on Sunday, and now that we have arrived there, it’s time for someone to step up and claim the green jacket for themselves.
The final round of the 2011 Masters is starting to get very interesting as leader Rory McIlroy has already relinquished two shot with bogeys at the first and third while the rest of the field is starting to nip at his heels, namely Tiger Woods and Charl Swartzel.
Swartzel chipped in for birdie on the first and dunked his pitch on three for eagle to move to -11 par for the tournament, although a bogey on the par 3 fourth has dropped him back to -10. As for Tiger, he has 4 birdies already though his first seven holes and is looking at a relatively easy eagle putt on the 8th. It’s starting to look like one for the history books if Tiger can keep up his pace and McIlroy continues to struggle.
Along with Woods, Luke Donald, Jason Day, K.J. Choi, and Angel Cabrera all currently sit at -8 as well.
As the final round of the 2011 Masters gets underway, Rory McIlroy will attempt to maintain his composure this Sunday and ride his four shot lead to the green jacket this afternoon, but there are others already on the course trying to make a move; namely Mr. Tiger Woods.
After parring the first, Tiger birdies the second and third to move to -7 par for the tournament, 5 shots back of Mcilroy. Wearing his usual Sunday red, Tiger is looking like he has his swag back early today, and hopefully can put a historic charge on this historic Sunday at Augusta National. As for last year’s champion Phil Mickelson, he just double bogeyed the fifth to move back to -2 par for the tournament, and is all but out of contention already with his hiccup.
McIlroy is about to tee of with the 2009 champion Angel Cabrera, in the final group. With former champions right on the cusp, and a 21 year old sitting on a big lead, today should prove to be an interesting Sunday no matter how it shakes out.
As Sunday at the 2011 Masters has finally arrived, a young Irishmen by the name of Rory McIlroy is poised to bring home the green jacket as a slew of others search for the title as well. Former champions Angel Cabrera, Tiger Woods, and Fred Couples hope that this Sunday will rekindle the magic of their previous victories, as others such as Jason Day, Charl Swartzel, Adam Scott and Luke Donald look to finally etch their name into the record books with their first major victory at Augusta National.
Here's the TV Schedule for CBS, the Golf Channel, and of course the official website of the 2011 Masters, Master.com.
CBS: Live Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) and conclude at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT). Headed up by Jim Nantz, Nick Flado, David Feherty, Peter Oosterhaus, Verne Lundquist, and others to bring you comprehensive analysis and commentary as the last 18 holes at the Masters plays out throughout the day.
Masters.com: Live coverage streaming coverage will begin with the first tee time Sunday morning and will include 2 featured pairings, a view of Amen Corner, the 15th and 16th holes, as well as highlights, interviews, features, and everything Augusta for your viewing pleasure.
Golf Channel: Rich Lerner, Kelly Tilghman, Brandel Chamblee, Notah Begay III, Andrew Miceli, and more will bring you comprehinsive pre and post round analysis from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. ET (8:00-11:00 a.m. PT) and after the round from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET (4:00-6:00 p.m. PT).
The most magical Sunday in all of golf is finally upon us as the final round of the 2011 Masters is set to begin. We've had a lot of storylines produced over the past few days of action, now the stage as set for Rory Mcilroy to become the youngest Masters champion since Tiger Woods' epic win in the 1997 Masters. Here's a look at some notable pairings for you to follow on this glorious Sunday:
(all times Eastern)
10:40: Nick Watney, Ernie Els: The Sacramento native Watney will look to finish strong on Sunday while two time runner up Ernie Els will have to wait another year to put on the green jacket.
12:10: Justin Rose, Ricky Barnes: Both Barnes and Rose always play well at Augusta, lets see if Stockton native Barnes can make an historic charge on Sunday.
1:10: Eduardo Mollinari, Phil Mickelson: The defending champ didn't have the Friday and Saturday that he would have hoped, leaving him a bit out of contention. But with his agressive style, you never know what lefty has up his sleeve.
1:40: Tiger Woods, Martin Laird: Laird has had himself a nice but quiet showing so far, while Woods' flat stick kept him from vaulting up the leaderboard Saturday. Can Tiger win his first major ever without holding the 54 hole lead today? I hope we see some history.
2:40: Rory McIlroy, Angel Cabrerra: The former champ Cabrerra snuck his way into the final group with his 67 on Saturday, can Rory's nerves hold up in the final round at Augusta to take home the green jacket? Should be a good one for the ages today folks.
via ESPN.com. All times Eastern.
As the third round of the 2011 Masters comes to a close, we’ve seen a lot of movers and shakers going up and down the leaderboard all day, while others merely maintained their positions. 21 year old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy finds himself out in front of the rest of the pack after shooting a -2 par 70 to move himself to -12 for the tournament through 54 holes. His playing partner Jason Day struggled a bit, shooting a even par 72, sitting alongside Angel Cabrerra, K.J. Choi, and Charl Swartzel at -8 par for the week so far.
Tiger Woods really struggled with his putter today, although he was striking the ball pretty well. He finished the day with 4 bogeys and 2 birdies for a +2 par 74 to move back to -5 for the tournament, 7 shots off the lead with former champ Fred Couples, Geoff Ogilvy, Bubba Watson, and Ross Fisher.
Full Leaderboard can be found here.
Saturday’s highlights can be found here.
Post round interviews from Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more can be found here.
As the third round of the 2011 Masters continues on, there now is a three way tie atop the leaderboard between Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Australia’s Jason Day, and South Korea’s K.J. Choi at -9 par. Tiger Woods continues to struggle with his flat stick, unable to make many birdies and remains at -6 par. The leaderboard is constantly changing, and the names are starting to bunch up towards the top.
Phil Mickelson has just finished with a -1 par round of 71 at sits at -3 under for the tournament, also unable to get any putts to drop. Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera is at -8 par for the week, currently with a -5 par round today through 15 holes. Stockton native Ricky Barnes is -5 par through 14 holes.
Adam Scott had a brilliant round today moving up to -7 for the tournament with a -5 par round of 67 today.
As the third round of the 2011 Masters is underway, the leaderboard is getting busy as players are making their moves on moving day. Australian Jason Day has used 3 birdies in his first 5 holes to take the lead, but moved back to -11 par with a bogey on the 6th. Rory McIilroy is tied with Day at -10 par with a birdie and a bogey on the card, Tiger Woods has had a number of putts graze the cup and has dropped to -6 par. He made his big surge on the back nine yesterday, and he may need to do so again today to have a change on Sunday.
Adam Scott is -5 par for his day so far including an eagle on the 13th, now through the 15th hole in his round. Bo Van Pelt is also making a nice move today, currently -4 par for the day and -6 for the tournament, looking to position himself for a Sunday charge.
As the final 36 holes at the 2011 Masters await, ESPN will hand off their coverage at Augusta National to the CBS network starting on moving day. Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, David Feherty, Ian Baker-Finch, Vern Lundquist, Peter Oosterhaus and more will head up CBS' television coverage for the final 2 days of action, with Saturday's schedule looking like this:
CBS: 3:30-7:00 ET (12:30-4 PT) Live coverage of the 2011 Masters
Here are the other options for watching the action at Augusta National:
Masters.com: The official website of the 2011 Masters will have live streaming broadcast from the first tee time until the end of the day including exclusive coverage from amen corner, holes 15 and 16, as well as two featured pairings throughout the day. They also have highlights, interviews, and a live leaderboard to keep you up to date.
Golf Channel: Their program 'live from the Masters' will air at 12:30-3:30 ET (9:30-12:30 PT) with complete pre-round coverage live from Augusta National as well as detailed analysis and discussion from names like Rich Lerner, Alex Miceli, Notah Begay III, Brendel Chamblee, and Kelly Tilghman.
As the second round of the 2011 Masters has come to a close, 21 year old Rory McIlroy finds himself with a two stroke lead at -10 par, but the story of the day is Tiger Woods, who sat at even par on the 7th hole today, but charged up the leaderboard with six birdies to shoot 66 and finish the day tied for third place at -7 par. Tiger hit a terrific second shot around the trees on 18, then sunk the putt for birdie to end his terrific Friday with some extra momentum for tomorrow.
The only player to have a better day than Tiger today was McIlroy’s playing partner Jason Day, who had the round of the day after shooting an -8 64 to move into second place at -8 par. South Korea’s K.J. Choi is tied for third with Tiger at -7 par, Jeff Ogilvy and Alvaro Quiros are at -6, while Lee Westwood, Y.E. Yang, Rickie Fowler, former champion Fred Couples, and Stockton native Ricky Barnes are all ties at -5.
Phil Mickelson shot an even par 72 to remain at -2 par for the tournament as well as Fresno State Alum Nick Watney who stands at even for the week. Stanford University’s amateur David Chung missed the cut at +4 par as the only amateur to make the cut was Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, and will be the winner of the Silver Cup, the award given to low scoring amateur at the Masters.
It’s shaping up to be a historic weekend with a pair of youthful twenty-somethings atop the leaderboard and Tiger on the prowl looking to reenergize his career and win his 5th green jacket.
Full Leaderboard can be found here.
Highlights including Tiger Woods’ and Jason Day’s incredible rounds can be found here.
Post round interviews by McIlroy, Woods, Day, Mickelson, Fowler, and more can be found here.
As Friday at the 2011 Masters begins to wain, the leaders have made it to the clubhouse as 21 year old Rory McIlroy shoots a 69 to move to -10 par, but the story of the day has been his playing partner Jason Day who used a bogey free round of -8 par 64 to jump into second place at Augusta National, followed by K.J. Choi at -7, Geoff Ogilvy at -6, and Stockton native Ricky Barnes at -5.
As for players still on the course, Tiger Woods is attempting to make a move up the leaderboard who now has 4 birdies in his last 6 holes to get to -4 par through 13 holes, with the par 5 15th still to come. Lee Westwood just finished the 15th, making an eagle to move him to -5 for the tournament, Ryo Ishikawa is -2 through 17, while Sergio Garcia has had back to back bogeys on amen corner to drop back to -1 for the tournament.
Out of the top ten players on the leaderboard this Friday of the 2011 Masters, the only only left on the course at the moment is the leader Rory McIlroy, now holding a two shot lead after a bogey at the 12th on the rest of the field at Augusta National.
The 21 year old Northern Irishman is being followed by K.J. Choi at -7 par, Thursday co-leader Alvaro Quiros and Geoff Ogilvy at -6, Stockton native Ricky Barnes and former champion Fred Couples at -5, and first time participant Rickie Fowler at -4.
Tiger Woods has struggled with his short game today leading to 3 bogeys, now sitting at -1 par after 8 holes. Defending champion Phil Mickelson also had a bit of a roller coaster round, shooting even par 72 with four birdies and four bogeys and stays at -2 par for the tournament.
Jason Day has the hottest round on the course at the moment, now -4 for the day through 11 holes, while Luke Donald and Jim Furyk already posting -4 par 68’s for the day. Fresno State alumni Nick Watney is at -1 par through 14, while Matt Kuchar also sits at -4 through the first 9.
Rory McIlroy is currently holding a one shot lead at -9 par on this Friday at the 2011 Masters, but a cast of notable names are lurking right behind him, looking to make a charge.
McIlroy has used birdies at 2 and 5 to extend his lead over K.J. Choi, currently at -8 par. Geoff Ogilvy has quietly been moving up the leaderboard today, making 3 birdies on his last six holds and currently sits at -6 par through 15 holes. His playing partner Phil Mickelson has not had as much success today as 4 bogeys and 4 birdies have him at even for the day at -2 par for the tournament.
Stockton native Ricky Barnes shot a -1 par 71 this morning to move to -5 par for the tournament and well be well positioned to do some work on moving day tomorrow. Thursday’s co-leader Alvaro Quiros is +2 par for the day through 14 holes, now at -5 par, formers Masters champion Fred Couples tied for low round of the day so far with a -4 par 68 to move him to -5 par for the tournament, Luke Donald also shot 68 and is at -4 par for the tournament.
Tiger Woods is on the course and has started bogey,birdie, bogey for his first three holes, and now is even par for the championship. Sacramento native nick Watney had it to -3 par after 5 holes today, but a couple of bogeys have dropped him back to -1 par. Stanford University’s amateur David Chung is currently at +4 and is serious danger to miss the cut, now at +1 par.
The second round of the 2011 Masters is underway, and already there have been some movers and shakers moving around the leaderboard, most notably K.J. Choi and former Masters champion Fred Couples.
Choi started the day at -5 par, but three front 9 birdies have moved him into a share of the lead with Thursday’s co-leader Rory Mcilroy at -8 par. Couples is -4 par for today’s round through 12 holes; Freddy always seems to find the magic here at Augusta, finishing 6th place here last year, and hoping to improve on that this year.
Thursday’s other co-leader, Alvaro Quiros bogeyed the 9th to drop back to -7, defending champion Phil Mickelson has had an up and down day so far with 3 bogeys and 4 birdies to now sit at -3 par through 10 holes. Stockton native Ricky Barnes is in the thick of it at -6 par through 14 holes, Y.E. Yang is also right behind at -6 par through 15 holes.
Fresno State Alum Nick Watney has moved it to -2 par through 6 hole so far, while Stanford University amateur David Chung is now at +3 par with the projected cut currently sitting at +2.
Tiger Woods tees off at 1:48 p.m. EST (10:48 PST) looking to make a Friday charge up the leaderboard.
Full live leaderboard can be found here.
As the second round of the 2011 Masters kicks off, ESPN will be partnering with some of their colleagues at CBS sports to give you complete comprehensive coverage for Friday's action at Augusta National. Names like Mike Tirico, Nick Faldo, Jim Nantz, David Feherty, Scott Van Pelt, Curtis Strange, Andy North and more team up for all day coverage on ESPN and online at Masters.com. Here's the lineup for the three was to inject the stunning beauty that is the 2011 Masters into your brain...
ESPN: Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. EST (12 PST) and will continue with minimal commercial interruption until 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 PST). With Tom Rinaldi doing interviews, Harrry Connick Jr. narrating those incredible mini videos, and the terrific cast of announcers and analysts gives you amazing coverage of all the action and history at Augusta National.
Masters.com: The official website of the tournament will have live streaming coverage from the first tee time at 7:45 a.m. EST (4:45 PST) until the last players finishes. Coverage includes 2 featured pairings, Amen Corner (11,12,13th holes), holes 15 and 16, as well as highlights, interviews, and more. Incredible website that definitely does the traditions and pageantry of the Masters due justice.
Golf Channel: Coverage begins at 6:00 a.m. EST (3:00 PST) with 'The Morning Drive' show with Eric Kuselias and Gary Williams talking about the Masters. Then from 8:00 a.m. EST (5:00 PST) until 3:00 p.m. EST (noon PST) Rich Lerner, Notah Begay III, and Alex Miceli will have comprehensive analysis and discussion about the Masters before ESPN coverage starts, then again after coverage is over from 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 PST) to 9:30 p.m. EST (6:30 PST).
After an exciting Thursday at the 2011 Masters, two young Europeans have jumped out ahead of the field in Northern Ireland's Rory Mcilroy and Spain's Alvaro Quiros. Both men currently sit two shots in front of the field at -7 par, but with the course likely drying out a bit with another day of warm, sunny weather, the field may bunch up a bit with birdies harder to come by.
The pairings are the same as yesterday, but the morning pairings essentially swapped starting times with the afternoon ones, so if you teed off in the morning Thursday you will tee off in the afternoon Friday.
Here are some of the pairings to watch on Friday at the Masters (all times EST):
9:13 a.m.- Ricky Barnes, Tom Watson, Jason Bohn: Stockton, CA native Ricky Barnes is only three shots back at -4 par, and when you're paired with a legend like Tom Watson, you never know what kind of incredible things can happen...
10:30 a.m.- Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Uihlein (a): Mickelson and Ogilvy have put themselves in position to make a move at -2 and -3 par respectively, while the amateur Uihlein is tied with Standford University's David Chung for low amateur after the first round.
10:41 a.m.- Alvaro Quiros, Jhonattan Vegas, Gary Woodland: This trio of young studs was a crowd favorite yesterday, crushing drives, sinking eagle putts, and showing the field that they can compete with the best in the world. Can Quiros maintain his lead on the rest of the field or will his pairing make a move up the leaderboard?
12:42 p.m.- Rory Mcilroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day: Despite their inexperience Mcilroy ran out to a two shot lead and Rickie Fowler shot -2 par in his first round ever at the Masters. Both of these guys have the talent to string together a lot of birdies, let's see if they keep it up today.
1:48 p.m.- Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby: Tiger currently sits at -1 par and will be looking to make up some ground on the leaders while McDowell and Allenby (+2, +3 respectively) will probably have to fight to make the cut. I'm looking for some Tiger magic at Augusta today...
Dont Forget the other Bay Area boys:
11:03 a.m.- Amateur David Chung from Stanford University is at even par, tied for low amateur through the first round.
11:47 a.m.- Fresno State Alum Nick Watney also sits at even par, looking to make a charge on Friday.
Tee times from ESPN.com:
|Friday tee times|
|Starting time (ET), players|
|7:45 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Stuart Appleby, Charle Hoffman|
|7:56 a.m.: Ian Woosnam, D.A. Points, Ben Crane|
|8:07 a.m.: Craig Stadler, Kevin Streelman, Nathan Smith|
|8:18 a.m.: Peter Hanson, Kyung-Tae Kim, Ryan Moore|
|8:29 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter, David Toms|
|8:40 a.m.: Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover, Hideki Matsuyama|
|8:51 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|9:02 a.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Davis Love III, Lion Kim|
|9:13 a.m.: Tom Watson, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn|
|9:24 a.m.: Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker|
|9:35 a.m.: Anthony Kim, Henrik Stenson, Steve Marino|
|9:57 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Edoardo Molinari|
|10:08 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Yuta Ikeda|
|10:19 a.m.: Justin Rose, K.J. Choi, Louis Oostuhuizen|
|10:30 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Uihlein|
|10:41 a.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Gary Woodland, Alvaro Quiros|
|10:52 a.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Ross Fisher, Sean O'Hair|
|11:03 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Alexander Cejka, David Chung|
|11:14 a.m.: Jerry Kelly, Camilo Villegas, Jeff Overton|
|11:25 a.m.: Ben Crenshaw, Brandt Snederker, Kevin Na|
|11:36 a.m.: Mark O'Meara, Anders Hansen, Heath Slocum|
|11:47 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Nick Watney|
|12:09 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Tim Clark, Aaron Baddeley|
|12:20 p.m.: Gregory Havret, Carl Pettersson, Ryan Palmer|
|12:31 p.m.: Martin Laird, Mark Wilson, Bo Van Pelt|
|12:42 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day|
|12:53 p.m.: Mike Weir, Hiroyuki Fujita, Retief Goosen|
|1:04 p.m.: Padraig Harrington, Ryo Ishikawa, Bill Haas|
|1:15 p.m.: Larry Mize, Rory Sabbatini, Jin Jeong|
|1:26 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar|
|1:37 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Francesco Molinari|
|1:48 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby|
|1:59 p.m.: Arjun Atwal, Sergio Garcia, Robert Karlsson|
The first day of competition at the 2011 Masters is complete with Northern Ireland’s Rory Mcilroy and Spain’s Alvaro Quiros sitting atop the leaderboard after a pair of 65’s have set them apart from the field at -7 par. There are a number of players right behind them though, such as defending champ Phil Mickelson and Stockton native Ricky Barnes.
Mcilroy used a bogey free round with 7 birdies for his 65, while Quiros used his booming drives and great putting, including 3 birdies in the last 5 holes to card his 65. Quiros had never shot better than 75 at Augusta before today, and picked a great time to do so.
Other than Mcilroy and Quiros the two most exciting rounds of the day belonged to two South Koreans, the 2009 PGA champ Y.E. Yang and veteran K.J. Choi. Choi and Yang finished at -5 par 67; Yang’s second shot finished 5 feet from the cup at the par 5 13th, making eagle. But two bogeys at 17 and 18 dropped him back to -5.
Phil Mickelson started out with 7 straight pars, then birdied the 8th, 14th and 15th. His approach flew past the green on 18, leading to his lone bogey of the day a score of -2 par 70. As for Ricky Barnes, he started the day with a bogey at the first, but went on to score 6 birdies for the day finishing at -4 par 68.
Tiger Woods couldn’t get any putts to drop today, finishing with a 3 birdie, 2 bogey round of -1 par 71. He’s definitely not out of it by any stretch of the imagination, and if he can the the flat stick going, he could vault of the leaderboard in a hurry. Rickie Fowler shot -2 70 in his first round ever at the Masters, Matt Kuchar shot -4 68, Sergio Garcia shot -3 69, Anthony Kim finished at even par 72, while current #1 in the world Martin Kaymer shot a disappointing +6 78, en route to his fourth missed cut at the Masters in four tries.
As for the other bay area boys, Nick Watney and Stanford’s David Chung both finished at even par with Chung tied for the early lead for top amateur in the field.
Full Leaderboard can be found here.
Post Round interviews can be found here.
Highlight videos can be found here.
As Thursday at the 2011 Masters rolls on, the leaderboard is starting to take shape. Northern Ireland’s Rory Mcilroy shot a bogey free 65 to take the outright lead at -7 so far, but there area number of players nipping at his heels. Tiger Woods started off decently, while Phil Mickelson has been very steady today as well.
Former PGA Champion Y.E. Yang hit a ridiculous second shot on the par 5 13th to set him up with a 2-foot eagle putt, pushing him to -5. Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar are 3 shots back of Mcilroy at -4, while Ross Fisher, Brandt Snedeker, and Kim Kyung-tae are tied at -3.
Tiger Woods finished with a -1 par 71, that consisted of 3 birdies and two bogies. A lot of his putts were grazing the edge of the cup, and if a few more of them fell, he’d be right up there around the leaders.
Phil Mickelson has had 8 straight pars to start his day off, and will look to gain some shots on the leaders on the back nine.
Stockton native Ricky Barnes sits at -2 thru 11 holes, while Sacramento’s Nick Watney and Standford University’s David Chung finished the day with even par 72’s.
Full leaderboard can be found here.
Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for Masters scores, highlights, and news as they happen.
It’s about halfway through the day at Augusta National today and the scoring has been pretty low so far as 28 players are in red figures so far. But Rory Mcilroy has got off to a great start, currently sits atop the leaderboard and -7 par thru 16 holes with a perfect 7 birdies and no bogies thus far. He is followed by 2 time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen at -5 thru 15 holes, and Ross Fisher who has finished his day at -3.
Tiger Woods has had an up and down start so far as he sits at +1 thru 13 holes. He’s had only one birdies and 2 bogeys for the, has struggled off the tee and on the green. Not looking good so far for Tiger’s comeback this week, but he did shot a +4 40 in 1997 on his opening 9, the same year he broke the scoring record at the Masters.
Phil Mickelson is just getting started and is even thru the first hole, number one player in the world Martin Kaymer has really struggled at +4 thru 13, and Anthony Kim has stumbled out of the gate at +1 thru 3 holes, while Ricky Fowler sits at -1 thru 17 holes.
As for the ‘Bay Area boys’ as I’m going to call them, amateur invtiee and current Stanford University Junior David Chung shot a 3 birdie, 3 bogey even par 72 as Sacramento native Nick Watney shot even par as well. Stockton born Ricky Barnes is -1 thru 5 holes so far.
Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for comprehensive Masters coverage.
The 2011 Masters is underway, and the players are already off an running. Here’s how you can get the most Masters coverage jammed into your life as possible on this opening day at Augusta:
ESPN: Coverage begins at 3 p.m. EST (12 PST) and will run until 7:30 EST (4:30 PST). Mike Tirico, Andy North, Curtis Strange, and Scott Van Pelt will head up the coverage and wil be joined by Tom Rinaldi doing video essays and interviews and will be full of highlights, following key groups like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. ESPN always does great coverage on Thursday and Friday (especially Tirico) before they turn over the reigns to Jim Nantz and CBS for the weekend.
Masters.com: The tournament’s website has live streaming video all over the course with feature pairings, live updates, video coverage of amen corner, of the 15th and 16th holes, and more. You can get to know the players, learn about each hole, get history lessons, and much more about the Masters and Augusta National. If you're looking to completely immerse yourself in azalea shrubs and pine needles from Augusta, this is where you want to go.
Golf Channel: Starting at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 PST) Golf channel will have their ‘live from the Masters’ coverage full of the day’s highlights and scores, as well as expert analysis from former players about how the course played, how it was played, and who played it best. Good in depth analysis here.
Today starts the 2011 Masters in all of its glory and pageantry. From the all white caddy jumpsuits to the green jackets, from Amen Corner to the Butler Cabin, the Masters is more steeped in history and tradition then almost any tournament in the world, and it all begins once again. This is SBNBA's complete preview of the Masters tournament, as well as Augusta National itself, the players, and predictions of who will be victorious.
The Course: The 7435, par 72 course was founded by the legendary Bobby Jones and designed by Allister MacKenzie in 1933 and has hosted the Masters tournament since 1934.
Players to Watch:
Phil Mickelson- Coming off his win last week at the Shell Houston and his three green jackets the last few years, Phil is almost always a top pick to win at Augusta National. Look for him to be agressive again this week defending his championship.
Tiger Woods- Superman has fallen from grace, but he still has 5 green jackets. People used to watch to see Tiger win, now they watch to see if this will be the week he returns to form. I think it could be.
Martin Kaymer- The current #1 golfer in the world has never made a cut at the Masters before, but since his PGA Championship last August, he's been lights out. I expect him to have a very good week.
Rory Mcllroy- The youngster from Northern Ireland is an up-and-coming fan favorite who is still looking to break out with his first major victory. His best finish is a T20 in 2009, I think he will do improve on that in 2011.
Anthony Kim- Another incredibly talented youngster, Kim set the record for most birdies in a round at Augusta with 11 in 2009. He finsihed third here in 2010, and I see him as a real contender for the green jacket this year.
Rickie Fowler- the 2010 PGA Rookie of the Year will be playing in his first Masters this year, and has the talent to make a big splash this weekend, I just hope it's not in Ray's Creek.
Winning Score: -5
2011 Winner: Tiger Woods
Dark Horse: Nick Watney
Here's some pairing to keep an eye on for the day (all times EST):
7:56 a.m. Sandy Lyle, Alex Cejka, David Chung (a): Stanford University Junior David Chung will not only be competing for the green jacket, but also the sliver cup; the award given to the low scoring amateur at Augusta.
8:40 a.m- Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Nick Watney: This trio of youngsters have the skills to do some damage and run up the leaderboard, the question is can any of them stay there. Watch for Sacramento native Nick Watney throughout the week, he may just be leaving wearing the green jacket.
10:41 a.m.- Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby: McDowell stared down Tiger at the Chevron World Challenge in December, let's see how he fares the next two days with Tiger breathing down his neck.
12:42 a.m.- Tom Watson, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn: Stockton native Ricky Barnes always seems to up his game in Majors (T10 last year), and two-time Masters champ Tom Watson always brings some magic to Augusta.
1:48 p.m.- Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Uihlein (a): The defending champion drew one of the last tee times of the day and will be playing with the defending U.S. Amateur champ Peter Uihlein. Maybe lefty can give the kid a pointer or two...
Full Thursday Tee Times (from ESPN.com):
7:40 a.m.: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus
7:45 a.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Ross Fisher, Sean O'Hair
7:56 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Alexander Cejka, David Chung
8:07 a.m.: Jerry Kelly, Camilo Villegas, Jeff Overton
8:18 a.m.: Ben Crenshaw, Brandt Snederker, Kevin Na
8:29 a.m.: Mark O'Meara, Anders Hansen, Heath Slocum
8:40 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Nick Watney
8:51 a.m.: Vijay Singh, Tim Clark, Aaron Baddeley
9:02 a.m.: Gregory Havret, Carl Pettersson, Ryan Palmer
9:13 a.m.: Martin Laird, Mark Wilson, Bo Van Pelt
9:24 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
9:35 a.m.: Mike Weir, Hiroyuki Fujita, Retief Goosen
9:57 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Ryo Ishikawa, Bill Haas
10:08 a.m.: Larry Mize, Rory Sabbatini, Jin Jeong
10:19 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar
10:30 a.m.: Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Francesco Molinari
10:41 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Robert Allenby
10:52 a.m.: Arjun Atwal, Sergio Garcia, Robert Karlsson
11:03 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Stuart Appleby, Charle Hoffman
11:14 a.m.: Ian Woosnam, D.A. Points, Ben Crane
11:25 a.m.: Craig Stadler, Kevin Streelman, Nathan Smith
11:36 a.m.: Peter Hanson, Kyung-Tae Kim, Ryan Moore
11:47 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Ian Poulter, David Toms
12:09 p.m.: Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover, Hideki Matsuyama
12:20 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Y.E. Yang, Miguel Angel Jimenez
12:31 p.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Davis Love III, Lion Kim
12:42 p.m.: Tom Watson, Ricky Barnes, Jason Bohn
12:53 p.m.: Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Steve Stricker
1:04 p.m.: Anthony Kim, Henrik Stenson, Steve Marino
1:15 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Edoardo Molinari
1:26 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Yuta Ikeda
1:37 p.m.: Justin Rose, K.J. Choi, Louis Oostuhuizen
1:48 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Peter Uihlein
1:59 p.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Gary Woodland, Alvaro Quiros
7:40 a.m.: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus
When it comes to sports the Bay Area is always involved. Even at the Masters. Here’s a look at a few Bay Area boys trying to bring the green jacket back to the Bay…
Nick Watney: The Sacramento native and Fresno State Alumni has 3 PGA tour wins under his belt already in his young carrer, and will be looking to add a major to his resume this weekend. The best finish that he has in the majors is a 7th place finish in last years Masters tournament. He’s got the skills to be successful here, now he just needs to put it all together.
Ricky Barnes: The Stockton native has been around the Masters for a while, taking home the Silver Cup (award for lowest scoring amateur) with him in 2003 after qualifying with his U.S. Amateur win that year. Ricky only has one professional win under his belt, but finished T10 at last years Masters. Hopefully Ricky can have some good rounds and put himself on the leaderboard.
David Chung: The Junior at Stanford University was one of the six amateur invitees to this years Masters, and will be looking to take home the Silver Cup for himself, as well as getting the opportunity to walk the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. Good luck young fella, hope you make some birdies out there (and maybe an eagle or two).
It was a entertaining day at the Masters this afternoon as they held their annual par-3 contest. Held on the par-3 course, this traditional day of fun before the start of the tournament has never had a winner that went on to win the Masters that year. But this year, Luke Donald will be looking to break that streak.
Donald shot a 5 under 22 on the par 27 course to take home the crystal, followed by former Masters champions Raymond Floyd and Angel Cabrera and 4 under. The shot of the day belonged to another a former champ, Craig Stadler, who scored an ace on the first hole early in the day. With the hole-in-one Stadler dunked the 73rd ace of all time during the par-3 contest, now in its 51 year of existence.
The featured pairing of the day was a trio of legends. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player had a stroll down memory lane together, laughing and joking with each other that the patrons just gobbled up. It was a love-fest today for golf’s ‘big three,’ and deservedly so.
Former champion Zach Johnson had a replacement caddy today, Grand Slam winner Andy Roddick. Roddick, donning the traditional white jumpsuit and a pair of dark aviator shades took a tee shot for Johnson during the round, which he proceeded to shank into the pond. Good looking swing though.
Now it’s on to the first round tomorrow, with the ceremonial tee shot at 4:40 a.m PST (7:40 EST) by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ epic 1986 Masters victory, ESPN films will air a documentary tonight about that incredible week at Augusta National and the improbable win by an aging Golden Bear. Nicklaus used an amazing back nine on Sunday to come from behind to get the win, his sixth and final green jacket. The documentary is set to air at 3 p.m. pacific time today on ESPN, so make sure to tune in or set you DVR for what should be a tremendous retelling of golf history.
Along with the film ESPN’s Rick Reily wrote a great piece today about his memories of Jack’s Sunday at Augusta, and his magical back nine that made it all possible. A really good read, definitely worth checking out.
Stay win SB Nation Bay Area for complete coverage of the 2011 Masters, including news, analysis, scores, interviews, highlights, and more.
The Masters isn’t just the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, it also is big tome business with lot’s of money to be made. One way to get in on the action is to place some bets, and the oddsmakers have the usual suspects at the top of their list.
Bodog.com has released their odds for the 2011 Masters and has Phil Mickelson at the top of the list with 6/1 odds. Lefty dominated the field last week at the Shell Houston Open, shooting a 63 on Saturday, tying the course record at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas.
Despite the fact he hasn’t won a tournament since the BMW Championship in September of 2009, Tiger Woods is always one of the favorites at Augusta, and as a five time champion rightly so. Tiger’s odds of winning are 8/1 according to Bodog, and it would be one of the best stories in sports if Tiger could rise from the depths of his current struggles on and off the course.
Other important odds:
Current #1 in the world Martin Kaymer: 22/1
Sacramento Native Nick Watney: 16/1
Englishman Lee Westwood: 16/1
Up and coming Rickie Fowler: 40/1
South African Ernie Els: 50/1
Spanish star Sergio Garcia: 66/1
Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for complete Masters news and coverage as it occurs.
It's finally here folks, the Masters tournament week is underway. This tournament is more than that in many ways, in that it signifies the ending of winter and the coming of spring for golfers worldwide. It's a place where golf history has been re-written innumerable times. It's where the legends of the game hang their hat and have a permanent stake at Augusta National with their green jackets holding their places for them. I don't know about you, but I've been playing Tiger Woods 2012 The Masters to get my self amped up for the tourney, and now I'm just about ready to go. The deep rooted traditions at Augusta National pretty much stay the same, including the jovial par three competition that happens every Wednesday before the tournament starts.
The field is made up of present competitors, past champions, and invitees for the friendly afternoon competition on the executive par 3 course on the grounds at Augusta National. The 9 hole, par 27 course is 1,060 total yards and is played over DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike's Pond (names after former President Dwight Eisenhower). Since it began in 1960 no winner of the par 3 contest has even gone on to win the Masters itself, so many a player will purposely hit shots in the water or let their caddies or children take some of their putts to invalidate their scores and leave themselves a shot at winning the green jacket. It's a superstition of course, but a tradition as well at the Masters.
Coverage will begin at Noon pacific time on ESPN, as well as being streamed live on masters.com.
2010 Masters - Par 3 contest at Augusta - Highlights (via Hedden22)
Yesterday there were a number of news conferences held by the players talking about their game, the course, how they feel, that sort of thing. You can find them all here, and listen to the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, current number one golfer in the world Martin Kaymer, Augusta's president Billy Payne, legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Sacramento native Nick Watney and many more.
A complete schedule for the 2011 Masters can be found here.
I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself. The Masters is a sporting event like no other in the world, played on a course that is probably the closest thing to sacred grounds that there is in golf. From the music during the broadcasts, to the majestic layout of the immaculate course itself, the tournament is drama, beauty, excitement, heartache, respect, and honor rolled up into 4 plus days of golf. Absolutely amazing.
Stay with SB Nation Bay Area for complete Masters coverage and news as it unfolds.
It's one of the most prestigious and recognizable golf courses in all the World, and for one week a year they host one of the most distinguished golf tournament around. Every April when the flowers begin to bloom the best golfers in the World descend upon Augusta National in Augusta, GA for The Masters Tournament, which begins later today. The Masters is shrouded with tradition, one of which is the historic par three contest on Augusta's par three course that always occurs on Wednesday before the tournament starts.
SN Nation Bay Area will be around all weekend with comprehensive Masters coverage with everything you need to know about tee times and scheduling, player profiles, predictions, live scoring, interviews, highlight videos, and more. From the highlights of the players and their families at the par three contest this afternoon, to the ceremonial opening drive in the wee small hours of Thursday morning, to when the final putt drops as the sun sets through the Georgia pines on Sunday, we'll have everything you keep up with everything Augusta this weekend.
So sit back, stay tuned, and enjoy a few days taking in the beauty and tradition of golf's first major championship of the season.
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